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Saving cultural heritage from Beichuan to Yushu
14:01, May 18, 2010  

Two years ago, Beichuan County, the home of the Qiang ethnic minority, was severely hit by an earthquake that devastated the population in the area, destroyed homes and endangered precious Qiang cultural heritage.

Experts from different groups and organizations conducted an emergency investigation in Beichuan County. They first published a book called "Reading Book for Students about Qiang Culture" before the beginning of the September 2008 semester and then another book titled "Collection of Oral Heritage of the Qiang Ethnic Minority."

They cooperated with the Mianyang College of Fine Arts under the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Qiang Culture Protection and Development Research Center of Beichuan County and the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles Publishing Corporation, to launch "A Series of Books on the Study of Qiang Culture," a large project for the protection and research of Qiang cultural heritage. The total project is expected to be over 20 million Chinese characters and have a publishing cycle of more than five years.

On April 14, 2010, Yushu was also hit by an earthquake. Fortunately, Tibetan scholars and Tangka art research experts from Beijing and Qinghai had been investigating and recording certain crafts in Yushu, including ceramics, sculptures, paintings, processing of gold and silver, architecture and clothing, since 2006, and finally completed the "Collection of China's Tangka Paintings – the Volume of Zangniang Area in Yushu" after three years.

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